As Dust Dances by Samantha Young [SPOILER-FREE REQUEST]

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Once upon a time, Skylar Finch was the lead singer of a hugely successful American pop-rock band. But fame made her miserable. When years of living a lie suddenly ended in tragedy, Skylar fell off the map.

Eighteen months later she’s sleeping in a tent in a cemetery in Glasgow, making just enough money to eat by busking on the streets. She manages to avoid recognition, but not the attention of one of Glasgow’s ambitious A&R executives.

Killian O’Dea works at Skyscraper Records, Scotland’s most successful record label. Raised by his uncle and owner of the label, Killian’s upbringing would have been devoid of affection entirely if it wasn’t for his loving sister. Killian is unflinchingly determined to bring the label more success than ever, and the young homeless woman who busks on Buchanan Street is going to help him do that. Her music speaks to him in a way he refuses to over-analyze. All he knows is that if it can touch his dark soul, it’ll set everyone else’s alight.

Skylar makes it clear that she doesn’t want to sign with him. But when she experiences the dangerous reality of a woman sleeping rough, Skylar has no one else but Killian to turn to. An undeniable connection forms between them. But Skylar doesn’t want the career Killian is trying to forge for her, and when her past comes back to haunt her, Killian will be faced with a decision that could ruin him. He must either free Skylar from his selfish machinations and destroy everything he’s ever worked for, or lose a woman who has come to mean more to him than he ever thought possible.


Review

*I WAS GIVEN AN EARLY COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

Firstly, I’d like to take a second to say happy birthday to this beautiful and amazing book. This gave me all the feels, and I can’t wait for everyone else to be able to read this.

As given in the synopsis, Skylar Finch was a popular superstar, until she wasn’t. She hated the fame, and she hated having to deal with the constant pressure of the media. So, she skipped town and headed to Glasglow, Scotland, a town that is commonly used in some of Samantha’s books.

Becoming homeless, Skylar became a busker—where she played the guitar and sang—to make money to pay for food and admission to a swim center for the showers. This goes on for a few chapters, making you really understand what the character—and homeless people in real life—have to go through.

Then, just as the story is starting to really get good, Killian O’Dea—an A&R executive at Skyscraper Records—pops up. He basically pursues Skylar and gives her another chance at stardom, even though she really doesn’t want it.

Do you think fame and fortune are all they’re cracked up to be? It’s an emptier existance than mine.

I feel like this could be really true for a lot of celebrities in the public eye. How many of them wanted it, only to realize they really didn’t? I feel like, if I were a celebrity, I’d do anything in my power to give to those who’ve got way less than me. I wouldn’t want that money to just sit in a bank account with nothing to do except collect dust. It isn’t fair.

And a lot of people could say that’s just life, but this book really puts into perspective what life is like for some celebrities. And I love how Samantha brought that about. It really put into perspective that everybody, no matter their position or rank in this world, is fighting a battle we know absolutely nothing about.

For Skylar, she had so many demons attacking her that she physically and mentally couldn’t put up with it anymore.

I loved this book to the point of insanity, and I can’t express that enough. The plot flowed nicely, the characters were well developed throughout the ENTIRE book, and everything made sense. It was a real reality checker. For that, I give this book 5/5 stars.

I can’t wait to see what Samantha writes next!


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4167378Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Fight or Flight, a new standalone to be published by Berkley Romance, is out October 9th, 2018. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the Amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s YA contemporary novels The Impossible Vastness of Us and The Fragile Ordinary are published by Harlequin Teen. Her next adult contemporary romance As Dust Dances releases August 7th, 2018. It follows the story of homeless ex-pop-rock star Skylar Finch and the ambitious Scottish A&R Exec Killian O’Dea who shakes up life as she knows it.

Samantha is from a small town in Central Scotland and is known for her romantic stories set in her beloved home country. She is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she’s not writing books, she’s buying shoes she doesn’t really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection. To learn more head on over to her website https://authorsamanthayoung.com

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The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell [SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW]

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When sixteen-year-old Sylvie’s brother takes over management of their family’s vast estates, Sylvie feels powerless to stop his abuse of the local commoners. Her dearest friend asks her to run away to the woods with him, and soon a host of other villagers join them. Together, they form their own community and fight to right the wrongs perpetrated by the king and his noblemen.


Review

*I WAS APPROVED OF AN ARC REQUEST IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

When first reading the synopsis, it’s fairly easy to become interested. However, when hearing it’s a retelling of Robin Hood, I jumped at the chance to read this book. Betsy Cornwell stole my breath away with this book, and I am proud to say that.

Silvie is a character I’m sure a good majority of us can relate to. For a good chunk of her life, she was raised in the nobility—meaning she never had to worry about food being on the table, or having endless clean clothing. Her eyes are opened, however, when secrets about her family’s true nature are revealed.

Throughout this book, Silvie has to—basically—relive everything she was told not to do growing up. In every sentence, in every conversation, you can see her struggle to find the right path. I love how Cornwell implemented this into the book, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I’m so grateful to you that it’s hard for me to think about it. That I don’t think about it. But I should . . . you gave up everything . . . And I’ve never even thanked you.

I found this quote to be one of the most important ones in the first few chapters. This quote really gave off how important things were getting for and to Silvie, and it also showed just how quickly her character was beginning to develop.

Cornwell did a really great job of making sure every character within the book had development, and it really brought the story together.

However, there was one thing I had a problem with. In the synopsis, it immediately tells you that there are more than just Silvie and her friend in the woods, that there is a host of other villagers. But it isn’t until nearly halfway into the book that these “other villagers” even show up. I felt that that was lately timed and could have come a lot sooner than it did.

Other than that, this book was spectacular. The characters—like I already stated—were well developed, the plot flowed nicely, and the story altogether was well planned out and executed. For this, I rate this book 4.5/5 stars.

Cornwell has definitely impressed me, and I’ll be looking forward to reading books from her in the future.


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RcKijf2g_400x400Betsy Cornwell is a New York Times bestselling author living in west Ireland. She is the story editor and a contributing writer at Parabola, and her short-form writing includes fiction, nonfiction, and literary translation and has appeared in Fairy Tale Review, Zahir Tales, The Violence Prevention Initiative Journal, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and a B.A. from Smith College.

Mechanica was published in 2015 and has featured on several best of the year lists, including Amazon.com’s Best Young Adult Books and USA Today‘s Must-Read Romances. In a starred review, Kirkus called this retelling of Cinderella “a smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes.” Mechanica is a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten nominee for 2016.

Betsy’s debut novel, Tides, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim including a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, a place in the Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and a Bisexual Book Awards nomination.

Betsy has two more novels forthcoming from Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in 2017 and 2018.

[BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY] The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she—or anyone—saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings—massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale.

When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends. Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins.

As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.


Review

I can’t even begin to explain the whirlwind of emotions I went through while reading this book.

Riley Sager has officially become one of my favorite thriller authors. And I mean that.

I went into this book blind. Having read Final Girls, I knew this book would be just as good, if not better. And just as suspected, it was better.

Emma is a character that can be felt as understandable. If you were to go through something horrifying and blame yourself for the rest of your life, I’m sure that you’d be feeling and experiencing everything the same way she is.

“I’m going to reopen Camp Nightingale,” Franny announces.
“Are you sure that’s a good idea?”

Obviously, from this quote, Camp Nightingale is something most do not talk about anymore. Something terrible happened there that Emma has had to deal with for the entirety of her adult life. This quote is what truly dragged me into the story. I was still wavering in the beginning because thrillers are COMPLETELY different from regular fantasy and contemporary fluffy books.

As the story unfolded, more and more secrets were uncovered. I loved how the flow was coordinated in this book, and I found myself both on the edge of the seat and holding my breath at the same time. I also found myself questioning all of the characters and their possible motives, as well as wondering who was the true villain, who was the true mastermind behind it all.

Sager pulled me under the water with this book, and I am proud to give it the 5/5 stars it deserves. The characters were amazing, the plot was well thought out, and as I mentioned, the flow of the book was well coordinated. I can’t wait to see what we will get from Riley next!


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pseudonymRiley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.

Now a full-time author, Riley’s first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called “the first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries and a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures.

Riley’s next book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, will be published in July. It was inspired by the classic novel and film “Picnic at Hanging Rock” and one horrible week Riley spent at summer camp when he was ten.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he’s not working on his next novel, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is “Rear Window.” Or maybe “Jaws.” But probably, if he’s being honest, “Mary Poppins.”


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As She Fades by Abbi Glines [SPOILER-FREE REVIEW]

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From the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach and The Vincent Boys series, Abbi Glines delivers another smoldering, compulsively readable YA romance with As She Fades.

On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.

Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.

Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.

Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.


Review

*I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL COPY IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

Wow.

This book was stunning, as so many reviews have said before. Abbi Glines has definitely become a new favorite.

This book, like the synopsis said, had many twists and turns. It is broken up into two parts, which I found odd at first. Usually, contemporary books don’t have more than one part, and I found it to be a bit confusing. Though, I quickly understood why there were two parts after I began to read the second part.

Vale is a likable character. She stays in the hospital her boyfriend is in because she wants to be there when he wakes up. However, her simple, quiet, reading days have turned interesting when a guy by the name of Slate Allen.

That’s another thing so likable about this book. The majority of the names of the characters are different and unique. I have a knack for noticing small things like this, and I’m really glad that the author even pointed the names out in the book.

“…but I carried a heaviness in my chest when I thought of home and Crawford. I wanted to call his mom and check on him, but I worried that the reminder that I was here and he wasn’t would make her sad.”

This quote stuck to me. Whenever someone you love is sick or hurt, you want to be near them all the time. Vale made this very apparent, especially since it took her most of the summer to realize that she had holed herself up every day in the hospital.

All in all, this novel was found to be heartbreaking, heartwarming, and just amazing in general. The characters were well made, the plot was well driven, the flow was perfect. Because of that, this book received 5/5 stars.


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abbi-glines-headshotAbbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, Existence, and The Field Party Series. She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers’ lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.

Iced (Valos of Sonhadra 10) by Regine Abel [SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW]

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The fate of his people rests in her hands. 

When the penitentiary ship she’s incarcerated in gets sucked into an anomaly, Kira barely survives the crash onto an alien planet. Along with a handful of survivors, she finds refuge in The City in the Caldera alongside its Fire Valos inhabitants. But the sadistic experiments performed on her by the prison’s scientist make the heat intolerable for her. When the opportunity to go to the frozen city of E’Lek presents itself, Kira believes she’ll finally be at peace.

Duke is confused by the strange human female. Like him, she’s cold, made for the icy lands of the Northern Valos. Her resemblance with the Creators and questionable friendship with a human hated by his people raises their collective suspicions. Yet, only she could save their lost tribes condemned to an eternal slumber. As his heartstone warms for her, Duke is determined to prove to the rest of the tribe that beneath her frozen exterior hides a compassionate female. His female.


Review

*I WAS PROVIDED WITH AN E-ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

I couldn’t even put into words how amazing this book was. I’ve tried to write this review multiple times and still couldn’t find the right way to express my love for this book.

Kira is a character I was on the fence about. In the last Valos of Sonhadra book, we had a character named Lydia that I absolutely fell in love with. However, Kira is very different from Lydia.

Kiralike Lydiawas a survivor of the crashed prisoner ship. However, she is the host of ice powers, not fire powers. Untrained, she struggles to find her way after being lost in a blizzard and finding herself in a hidden city of ice.

There, Kira is met with the uncertainties of the Ice Valos, the Valos she had been hoping to find refuge with. With them, she is met with difficult challenges of fitting in and finding where her heart resides.

Throughout this book, I was met with emotional rollercoasters, lovely romance, and addictive characters. I loved the plot, the character development, and—ultimately—the flow. For that, this book receives 5/5 stars.


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Regine Abel is a fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi junky. Anything with a bit of magic, a touch of the unusual and definitely a lot of romance, will have her jumping for joy. Hot alien warriors meeting no-nonsense, kick-ass heroine give her warm fuzzies. Through her Veredian Chronicles series, Regine will take you to an exciting alien world full of mystery, action, passion and new beginnings. Follow Amalia and her Veredian sisters – enslaved, exploited and hunted – as they fight for their freedom and the right to love. In her Dark Tales series, Regine will make you rediscover the fairy tales of your youth in a sexy, dark, and twisted reimagining of the classics.

When not writing or reading, Regine surrenders to the other passion in her life: video games! As a professional Game Designer and Creative Director, her career has led her from her home in Canada to the US and various countries in Europe and Asia.

 

The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young [GIVEAWAY + SPOILER-FREE REVIEW]

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I am Comet Caldwell.

And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.

People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.

But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.

When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.


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Review

This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read by Samantha Young.

Comet is a character that can be very relatable. First, she’s got a bedroom every book lover wants and envies—a bookshelf that goes from ceiling to floor, with a rolling ladder from the library scene in Beauty and the Beast. However, the life of a wealthy girl in a book is never an easy one.

Comet struggles to have a relationship with her parents that most teenagers have in the world. Her parents neglect her, forgetting she’s even there half the time. Her mother—Carrie—makes it her mission to keep Comet’s father—Kyle—on her and only her.

Though this bothers her, Comet doesn’t really speak up about it. She’s shy, soft-spoken, and often keeping to herself. And like a lot of people, she also struggles with confidence. She hides her poems from everyone, and she refuses to do anything that draws attention to herself.

However, this all changes when the American boy—Tobias (love that name! = +3 brownie points)—comes into her life. Like every romantic interest in every book, he is handsome and absolutely perfect in the context of bookish boyfriends. But something not so perfect is that he hangs out with the bad crowd. That kills Comet’s crush on him, or so she hoped.

Those are my words, my thoughts, my soul
You took them from me without apology.
So why do I want to forgive what you stole,
And hope that you like my ideology? —CC

At the beginning of every chapter is a poem written by Comet. I love how Samantha interpreted the character and wrote poems by the character to make do with what happened in the last chapter, or what the current chapter would bring.

I’m not a poetry fan by any means. But this poem spoke to me. I’m not going to go in depth about why it spoke to me, but let’s just say the truth lies between the words.

Comet has a way of bringing her everyday happenings alive in so many different ways in her poems. I love that that is what she uses for release, that that is where she goes to and escapes when she needs to. I love the fact that she kept these poems to herself, as a belonging that she couldn’t let go.

Throughout this book, Samantha Young surprised me. Then again, this author never fails to do so (one of my favorites). During every chapter, I was entranced. I was addicted to the characters, and I found myself wishing and hoping that I would also find a book-boyfriend worthy love. This contemporary drove me nuts, and I am proud to give it the five stars it deserves.


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SamanthaYoung_author-photoSamantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook& hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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Reign of Mist by Helen Scheuerer [SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW]

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The realm’s darkest secret is out.

The cruelty of the capital and the power-hungry King Arden have scattered Bleak and her companions across the continents.

On the run in a foreign land, Bleak finds herself tied to some unexpected strangers. When the answers she yearns for are finally within reach, she must face the hard truths of her past and take her fate into her own hands before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, secrets and magic unravel as a dark power corrupts the realm. Bleak’s friends are forced to decide where their loyalties lie, and who, if anyone, they can trust.

But one thing is certain: war is coming, and they must all be ready when it does.

Intriguing and action-packed, Reign of Mist is the second installment in Helen Scheuerer’s epic YA fantasy series, The Oremere Chronicles.


Review

*I WAS PROVIDED AN E-ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*

Firstly, I’d like to give a big thank you to Helen for putting me on her ARC list and for extending my review date. This book has been a highly anticipated read for me, and I’m so glad I was given this amazing opportunity.

Now, onto the review.

Something that stuck out throughout the entirety of the book was the female role. Unlike the usual “guy saves girl” novel that we often find ourselves reading in all genres, we find a sequel that—much like the first novel—focuses on the strength of women and the power they hold over men.

Helen did a very good job switching and equalizing the roles in this book. Not only did she do that, but she also put in a segment where women were placed in front of men as something to play with, only to be utterly surprised with what was held underneath.

Despite my blindness, and my youth, I know that trust needs to be earned, from princes and commanders alike.

In this book, multiple POVs are given. Usually, that can be found really confusing and hard to follow, but Helen made it a point to write the necessity of multiple POVs in each chapter.

Princess Olena didn’t have many parts in this book, but what I found in her few parts was actually pretty important. This quote, for one, should apply to everyone and everything. Like my favorite quote from one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen (aka Transformers: Age of Extinction) “Trust is but a flower in the wind.” What that means, is that it is hard to gain but worth the effort.

The princess made this very apparent, especially with Prince Nazuri—a new character that readers are introduced to. She made it well known that she didn’t put her trust into anyone easily, even pointing it out to Commander Swinton—someone she’s known for a very long time.

The reason trust is even being pointed out in this review is because it was a key factor of this book. Though not outwardly thrown out in some of the situations, it was apparent that the characters were all going through multiple adjustments to the new relationships and situations they found themselves in. Because of this, they had to put their trust into who they were with and what they were doing.

Your secrets have kept you company far too long.

Another key element in this book: secrets. There are LOTS of secrets.

Some of these secrets are made apparent before they’re revealed. Readers might find themselves on the edge of their sitting surfaces, screaming at their screens or book pages for the characters to figure it out faster.

But when I mention secrets, I must warn to caution yourselves. Some of these are real plot twisters. A lot of surprises came out of the secrets revealed, and I love how Helen handled them.

The plot of this book was well thought out and planned, the characters underwent the development to progress the story along, and I was thoroughly shocked wordless by this story. For all of this, I give this book 5/5 stars. I cannot wait for the conclusion novel, and I am waiting ever so impatiently for it.

P.S. I really want to smack Swinton and kiss poor Dash.


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9898249.jpgHelen Scheuerer is the YA fantasy author of the bestselling novel, Heart of Mist (2017) and the upcoming sequel Reign of Mist (September 2018). Both books are part of the action-packed trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles.

After writing literary fiction for a number of years, novels like Throne of Glass, The Queen’s Poisoner and The Queen of the Tearling inspired Helen to return to her childhood love of fantasy.

Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit, an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.

Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong. Helen also completed a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.

She has been previously shortlisted for Express Media’s Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in the Literary Arts Award and the Young Writers Showcase. Helen has also run writing and editing workshops for the NSW Society of Women Writers. 

Her work has appeared in VoiceworksACTWrite Magazine, The UEA Creative Writing Anthology, Tertangala (UOW), Capital Letters and of course, on Writer’s Edit.